Child-support definition

An allowance that a court orders paid by a person for the care of a child or children no longer in that person's legal custody.
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(law) The ongoing obligation for a periodic payment made directly or indirectly by an obligor, usually the noncustodial parent, to an obligee, usually the custodial parent or other guardian, for the financial care and support of children of a relationship or marriage that has been terminated, or which never existed.
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